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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

An Orange County tradition gets colorful, wacky, and oh-so-seasonal. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Bellows are king at the OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview

Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview

Eager for the coming season at the Costa Mesa culture-cool favorite? Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Feast: PigOut 3.0

OC Feast: PigOut 3.0

The Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project calls upon Costa Mesa. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa

The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa

The famous manes will welcome the return of the OC Market Place. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Ready for this year's outlandish batch of edibles? Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Woodstock Lives: Costa Mesa Time Machine

Woodstock Lives: Costa Mesa Time Machine

The colorful VWs'll be out in funky force over Fourth of July weekend. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Segerstrom Shows Go LEGO

The 2014-2015 season receives a colorful tribute at the Costa Mesa performing... View gallery »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Segerstrom Summer Tradition: Free Films

Segerstrom Summer Tradition: Free Films

A cuddle-up-under-the-stars Costa Mesa favorite is back. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.